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Immigrants often have fascinating stories

There has always been a fascination with immigrant stories — not about those who steal across any borders, but about those who come here to live the American dream and to immerse themselves into society, obeying the laws and giving back to their communities.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Fowler was a heck of a Dawg

Herald Guest Columnist looks back on the remarkable life and career of former UGA great Willie Fowler, who died of Alzheimer's last week.

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Nature come naturally in the big city

A comforting respite on a weekend while visiting old friends, who live by the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, was again a reminder that in this state, there generally is a pleasant and alluring environment wherever you pause — there’s good living to be found everywhere.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Kuchar’s TPC victory at Sawgrass feels like a major championship

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about former Georgia Tech star Matt Kuchar's recent win at TPC Sawgrass.

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The Tavern is more than just a breathtaking view

HELEN - Jimmy Harris, the gentleman proprietor of Unicoi Outfitters, didn’t have to extend his invitation but once: “Why don’t you come up for lunch and spend an afternoon on the Chattahoochee?”

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An affection for entertaining shared with others

NORTH AUGUSTA, S. C. - The spacious home of Tim and Natalie Nixon overlooks the Savannah River. Out on the water, where once there were barges that floated cotton down to Savannah, there are now recreational and fishing boats.

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Swainsboro, radio bring back fond memories

SWAINSBORO — Growing up in Wrightsville my first memory of Swainsboro, 26 miles away, was a bus trip over to the Pine Tree Festival in the mid-fifties. It was nice to experience a parade with an opportunity to observe displays and booths of all types. Not really anything to write home about, however.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Coca-Cola and Trippi

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the life and career of UGA great Charley Trippi, who was honored last week.

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There are many reasons to return to Aiken

AIKEN, S. C. - Last week during the Masters, I had the good fortune of spending time in Aiken, the laid-back Southern town with an interesting past.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Bubba’s the pride of Georgia

Herald Guest Columnist and longtime University of Georgia supporter Loran Smith looks back on the Bulldogs’ own Bubba Watson capturing the Masters on Sunday at Augusta.

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Lotto win isn't always lucky

In case you haven't heard, I did not win the lottery.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN:The third round can be magical — and oh, so cruel

Loran Smith writes about the brutal third round of the Masters

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LORAN SMITH: No one like Arnie

Loran Smith is at the Masters all week, and on Wednesday he writes about longtime legend Arnold Palmer.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: There's nothing but class at the Masters

Loran Smith writes about the rare beauty and majesty of the Masters.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia native Westbrook a soft-spoken hero

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Cardinal pitcher Jake Westbrook, a native of Ila, Ga., who was instrumental in St. Louis' World Series title last season.

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Little boys’ game is big business

Little boys play baseball when it is fun for everybody. While immature exuberance often goes over the top with some parents, the most fun for the little guys comes when the game is over, nobody is bent out of shape with regard to who wins or who loses, and there is pizza and ice cream for everybody.

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COLUMN: Furman, I will miss you, dear old friend

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith offers his tribute to the life and career of the dean of Georgia sports writers, Furman Bisher, who died last Sunday at the age of 93.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Don Sutton’s story is one we can all appreciate

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Former Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton and his journey to 300-plus wins and 3,500-plus strikeouts.

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Thomasville a city in full bloom

Spring likely will have sprung in Thomasville by the time this reaches print — if not in full bloom, enough so that the planting of crops, the flowering of plants and shrubs, and emergence of balmy conditions will signal that the growing season has begun in this gem of a south Georgia community.

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COLUMN: Was UGA’s win vs. UF a sign of things to come?

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at Saturday's huge confidence-building win for the Bulldogs over the Gators, which may have signified big things for the future of the struggling program.

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Serendipity something to relish

Serendipity is when you get a surprise package at your front door that links you to your past. That happened a few days ago, when a box of pear relish showed up at our address — six mouth-watering jars of a side dish I learned to appreciate to the fullest, growing up on a farm where the highlight of the day was a filling meal.

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‘Hunting with Hap’ in Albany, a good time

DESOTO — On a cold day — not biting, but just right for quail hunting — the hospitality of the hosts warmed the atmosphere considerably.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: UGA plays fantasy football

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Georgia's perceived easy football schedule next season.

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Making do is something we all can learn

A long flight or time spent driving to a destination, deep in an adjoining state, allows time to reflect and reminisce.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Could we be in for a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl?

Herald Guest Columnis Loran Smith takes a look at Ravens coach John Harbaugh as Baltimore gets set to duel with the Texans in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs Sunday, which could set up a rematch against his brother Jim, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, in the Super Bowl.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Hard to beat same team twice

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on some of the other cases in college football history where teams failed to win a rematch after winning the first meeting after Alabama demolished LSU, 21-0, in Monday's BCS National Championship game.

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Newnan holds on to its traditional ways

Ol’ timers here can remember when Newnan was 30 miles from Atlanta — a nice drive up through croplands and pastures to a city on the move.

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Time stands still for this coastal fishing village

SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the forties when it had its beginnings.

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Loran Smith column: Looking back at some of Georgia’s finest bowl moments

Loran Smith remembers some of Georgia's best bowl moments.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Scott got into HOF, but many other deserving Bulldogs have been left out

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith is glad that former UGA star Jake Scott got into the College Football Hall of Fame, but says there are plenty of other Bulldogs stars in multiple sports who still deserve recognition.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: This is a week for UGA fans to celebrate good coaching

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about how successful Georgia coach Mark Richt has been this season.

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Thomasville’s Julie Moran true to her roots

Julie Moran, Thomasville native and Georgia graduate, lives in the Hollywood environment but has an unconventional approach to working in the television industry.

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Building custom fly rod is a work of art

Blue Ridge is the county seat of Fannin, where more and more visitors enjoy hanging out.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Unlikely to be a star upon first glance, freshman Bennett emerges as big-play WR for Georgia

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith talks a closer look at Bulldogs freshman WR Michael Bennett, who has emerged as a big-play threat for Georgia this year.

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Visit to Sewanee leaves you with YSR

The notion of higher education always brings about feelings of sentimental warmth. When you walk a college campus and absorb the atmosphere and environment, you find yourself thinking aloud, if you are anything like this campus collector, “I would like to have enrolled here.”

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Autumn time to count blessings

For many of us the fall season begins as soon as we can wear long sleeves in the early morning hours, sometime after Labor Day, and lasts through Thanksgiving.

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Lisa Short of Atlanta a true Renaissance woman

Out on West Wesley on Atlanta’s north side, inactivity at the homestead of Herb and Lisa Short is as unwelcomed as the plague.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Bulldogs looking to continue dominance of Commodores

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the one-sided history between Georgia and Vanderbilt in advance of this weekend's latest showdown.

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Silver Fox an unforgettable character

A quick trip to Thomasville, this most hospitable of communities, allowed for a visit with friends, which brought about recall of a different day and a treasured friendship.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Coaching runs in the family for Harbaughs

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes about sports families, such as the Harbaughs and the Mannings.

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A boy and his dog hold fond memories

One weekend morning as the temperatures suddenly made long sleeves preferred, I saw a young mother with her son and his dog taking a walk up a neighborhood street.

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When using technology, discipline is required

Any English teacher will tell you that good grammar comes from practicing good grammar.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: McGarity was just what UGA needed

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes that the hiring of Greg McGarity as the new Georgia athletic director was a phenomenal decision.

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Catching up with ‘Le Sack’

Loran Smith writes about a long lost sack leader for the Dogs, who came from Greece.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Legendary broadcaster will never be forgotten

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith remembers Ernie Johnson Sr., a legendary baseball broadcaster from Atlanta who recently passed away.

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Pro golf doesn't need Tiger to flourish

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith says that other pro sports leagues have lost big stars and been just fine, and if Tiger Woods never returns to form on the PGA Tour, the Tour will survive -- and continue to flourish -- as well.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Will an American win the year's final major?

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who will be posted up at the Atlanta Athletic Club all this week for the 2011 PGA Championship, takes a look at the Americans' drought in majors coming into the final one of the year.

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Paris's ambiance is intoxicating

Coming to Paris offers unparalleled emotional and spirit-enhanced stimulation.

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Loran Smith Column: Clarke finally arrives to win British Open

Loran Smith wraps up the final day at the British Open

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia's Macpherson falls just short at Sandwich

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith is in Sandwich, England, this week for the 140th British Open, and will be filing stories through the end of the tournament.